Asclepias gigantea L.


Family: Apocynaceae

Genus: Asclepias

History: 

Published in Sp. Pl. 1: 214 in 1753.

Basionym of Calotropis gigantea (L.) W.T.Aiton.

Also published in Bot. Repos. 4: 217 in 1802-3.

...a native of the East Indies... In the Kew Catalogue, it is said to have been cultivated so long ago as the year 1690, at the Royal Gardens, Hampton Court... In the island of Jamaica, it is known by the name of the Auricula tree, where it attains to the height of six or seven feet. (Bot. Repos.)


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